This week’s Worship

8th August 2021– 10th Sunday after Trinity (2nd Sunday)

9:15 am       Family Worship, Croston

11:00 am       Holy Communion, Bretherton
11:00 am       Holy Communion, Mawdesley

** Friday 9am Morning Prayer at Mawdesley **
** cancelled until further notice **

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Bread, as one of the oldest and most popular prepared foods around the world and it comes in many shapes and forms, and entire meals can be based on bread, like pizza, bagels and sandwiches, or accompanied by bread in some form.  In our language we use bread, in phrases like “breadwinner”; “putting bread on the table”, and even “bread” as a synonym for money.  So what does it mean when Jesus called himself the bread of life?   John’s Gospel gives us Jesus’ description of himself in seven “I am” statements: the light of the world (8:12; 9:5); the door (10:7, 9), the good shepherd (10:11, 14); the resurrection and the life (11:25); the way, the truth and the life (14:6); the true vine (15:1, 5), and the bread of our passage today.  For Jesus to take the name of the bread of life, the living bread, is to remind first-century and twenty-first-century readers of the Jewish Exodus story of the manna provided in the desert, and the bread broken at Passover. Jesus’ claim is that he is now even more vital than these great witnesses to God’s power.  At the start of chapter 6, before today’s reading, Jesus had broken bread to feed the crowd, and he had walked on water to be with the disciples.   He had surely done enough to prove that he is the one who provides for people’s needs, and to earn the understanding and respect of the people.  But somehow that wasn’t enough for them and so they mutter and complain and look back to the past, refusing to see the similarities between what God has done and what he is now doing in Jesus.
Now, as he describes himself as the bread of life, he is asking his hearers to recognise him as more than all they had ever felt they needed.  This bread is for life.   Finding God in the ordinary things of daily life is recognising God with us in simplicity, meaning and beauty.
So as you reflect on the goodness and provision of God, thank God for all that you enjoy today hear Jesus say again, “I am the bread of life.”

With love & prayers.  Michael (Rector)
Tel: 01772 600548 mobile:07960309005, email:

Sunday 15th August 2021 11th Sunday after Trinity (3rd Sunday)
            9:15 am      Holy Communion, Croston

11:00 am      Holy Communion, Bretherton
11:00 am      Holy Communion, Mawdesley

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Please pray for the family and friends of the recently departed:
Rita Dunleavy, William Eric Glover,
Stanley Parker
and Barbara Shearon
Rest eternal grant unto him O Lord may light perpetual
shine upon him, may he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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Facebook & YouTube Online Worship
An Act of Worship from Blackburn Cathedral will be available every Sunday from 9am.  You can view this on the Cathedral YouTube channel here: or on their facebook page

This week’s Church of England comes from St Mark’s Gillingham, our online service explores Jesus as the bread of life.
You can watch the service from 9am Sunday.

Please do continue to support the Food Bank
You can leave donations in our Churches in Croston & Bretherton on Wed. & Sun. from 10 to 4pm, or on Sunday at the service in Mawdesley.
Despite the feeling that we are beginning to live ‘normally’, many families are even more stressed as:
furlough is coming to an end…
some firms are laying-off staff… or not re-opening…
the ‘extra’ £20 per week on Universal Credit is finishing soon…
utility companies are raising prices…
If you are able, please continue to support this worthy enterprise.

Notice of Croston Graveyard Inspection – August 2021
We are required to conduct an annual inspection of the headstones in our graveyard, this will be undertaken during August and the inspection will follow the relevant Diocesan procedures. If you would like to speak to someone, would like to give us your contact details or have any concerns please contact Revd Michael at the church or by emailing

Croston St. Michael and All Angels
The grounds around church and our graveyard are always so well maintained and a delight for all who visit.
If you can spare a few hours each week to help with the mowing and general maintenance and tidying up please contact:
Derek Alty – tel. 600584 or

St. Peters Mawdesley w Bispham
Do you have time to help keep YOUR Graveyard tidy at St. Peters
If so please ring DAVID 07919558259

Do you have time to help clean the brasses in Church?
If so please contact the Churchwardens.

We have been overwhelmed by requests for baptisms and at the moment the Rector is waiting to plan a two week break so it is taking us some time to respond to all enquires, we apologise for the delay.
Please email: for further details.

Faith reference cards for school applications
Whilst Covid 19 restrictions remain in place across our churches, as they have done since the start of this pandemic we will treat all requests for a faith reference as full attendance.  We will begin to once again monitor attendance from the start of the new term in September. The faith reference cards will be available towards the end of August in Church.

The Collect
Lord of heaven and earth, as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer, give us patience and courage never to lose hope, but always to bring our prayers before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.      Amen

First Reading
God’s bread and water nourished Elijah on his journey of fear and hopelessness.
1 Kings 19.4-8
Elijah went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree.  He asked that he might die: ‘It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.’   Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, ‘Get up and eat.’   He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again.   The angel of the LORD came a second time, touched him, and said, ‘Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.’   He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.

Second Reading
What nourishes us will nourish our lives, transforming even the life lost in the living.
Ephesians 4.25-5.2
Putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labour and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.  Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.   Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

The Gospel
Jesus declares himself to be the bread of life – the one who provides for our basic needs, prepared by God, shared through the Spirit.
John 6.35,41-51
Jesus said to the crowd, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’
Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, ‘I am the bread that came down from heaven.’  They were saying, ‘Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?  How can he now say, “I have come down from heaven”?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Do not complain among yourselves.   No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day.   It is written in the prophets, “And they shall all be taught by God.” Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.   Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father.  Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life.   I am the bread of life.   Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.   This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.  I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’

Prayer after Communion
Lord of all mercy, we your faithful people have celebrated that one true sacrifice which takes away our sins and brings pardon and peace:
by our communion keep us firm on the foundation of the gospel and preserve us from all sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord.           Amen


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